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This page showcases all the jewellery & items of personal adornment from tribal groups in Asia, Africa and Oceania that we have for sale.

Most items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old colonial-era collections.

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6797

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    Paduang or Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked) Woman’s Brass Neck Rings & Anklets

    Paduang or Kayan Lahwi People, Shan States, Eastern Burma
    19th-early 20th century

    height (of the longest neck ring): 13.2cm, width (of the wiodest neck ring): 18.3cm, width (of the arm rings): approximately 9cm, combined weight: 4,437g

    Provenance

    Private collection, UK; collected during colonial times.

    7132

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      Mauritanian Bead Necklace (Tesbih)

      Mauritania & southern Morocco
      early 20th century

      circumference: 102cm, weight: 169g

      Provenance

      private collection, Germany

      7144

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        Timorese Silver Ear Ornament

        Timor, Eastern Indonesia
        early 20th century

        width: 7.3cm, length: 7.2cm, weight: 22g

        Provenance

        private collection, Germany

        4480

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          Chin Minority Large Brass Spools for a Necklace

          Chin People, Western Burma
          19th century

          circumference: approximately 67cm, lengths of the spools: approximately 12.3cm, 12.7cm, 13.1cm, 14.1cm and 14.6cm; width of the widest spool: 2.8cm, weight: 373g

          Provenance

          private collection, London.

          6799

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            Pair of Nigerian Cast & Engraved Bronze Bangles

            Lower Niger River, Nigeria
            early 20th century

            external diameter (widest): 9.9 to 10.1cm, internal diameter: 5.4 to 5.9cm, combined weight: 1,330g

            Provenance

            UK art market

            6779

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              Naga Blue Glass Bead & Brass Necklace

              Konyak Naga People, Burma/India
              circa 1900

              length of pendant: 14.5cm, width: 6.2cm, circumference: approximately 72cm

              Provenance

              private European collection

              6783

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                Pair of Naga Brass Bracelets

                Naga People, North-Eastern India
                19th century

                internal diameter: approximately 6.8cm, combined weight: 549g

                Provenance

                private European collection

                4115

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                  Exceptional Collection of 18 Aztec Black-Clay, Tubular, Ear Plugs or Spools

                  Aztec Civilisation, Capilco, Mexico
                  14th-15th century

                  diameter: 2.1cm (smallest), 3.1cm (biggest)

                  Provenance

                  UK art market, prior to that Madrid, Spain from before 1974

                  4474

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                    Yoruba Cast Brass Opele Oracle Chain

                    Yoruba People, Nigeria
                    19th century

                    circumference: approx.: 96cm, weight: 178g

                    Provenance

                    UK art market

                    6247

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                      Naga Chank Shell Bead Necklace

                      Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                      19th century

                      length: 60cm, weight: 216g

                      Provenance

                      private collection, London

                      4225

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                        Congo Cast-Brass Hairpins

                        Congo, probably Kuba people.
                        19th-20th century

                        21cm & 16.8cm

                        Provenance

                        Private collection, London.

                        6249

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                          Naga Warrior’s Brass Neck Torque

                          Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                          18th-19th century

                          width: 16.5cm, weight: 135g

                          Provenance

                          private collection, London.

                          5722

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                            Zulu Wooden Ear Plugs with Bakelite Tile Decoration

                            Zulu People, South Africa
                            circa 1940

                            diameter (each): 6.5cm, combined weight: 61g

                            Provenance

                            private collection, UK.

                            5937

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                              Pair of Dayak Solid Brass Pendant Ear Ornaments

                              Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                              early 20th century

                              lengths: 7.3cm, combined weights: 396g

                              Provenance

                              private collection, UK

                              5749

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                                Pair of Dayak Brass Humanoid Ear Pendants

                                Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                                early 20th century

                                lengths: 9cm, combined weight: 108g

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                5724

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                                  Zulu Wooden Ear Plugs with Bakelite Tile Decoration

                                  Zulu People, South Africa
                                  circa 1940

                                  diameters: 5.5cm, thickness: 0.8cm

                                  Provenance

                                  private collection, UK

                                  5653

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                                    Necklace of Manabi Terracotta Spindle Whorls

                                    Pre-Colombian Manabi Culture, Ecuador
                                    500BC-500AD

                                    length: 68cm, weight: 104g

                                    Provenance

                                    Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a superb collection of ethnographica.

                                    5742

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                                      Pair of Gurunsi Bronze Bracelets

                                      Gurunsi (Grunshi) People, northern Ghana & southern Burkina Faso
                                      18th-19th century

                                      width: 9.5cm, height: 9.3cm, combined weight: 684g

                                      Provenance

                                      UK art market

                                      5973

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                                        Maori Curved Nephrite Ear Ornament (Kapeu)

                                        Maori People, New Zealand
                                        early 20th century

                                        length: 15.2cm, weight: 38.19g

                                        Provenance

                                        UK art market

                                        4624

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                                          Cast Brass Senufo Ring

                                          Senufo People, Ivory Coast
                                          19th or early 20th century

                                          weight: 19.6g, ring size: 10.75 (US), V/V (UK)

                                          Provenance

                                          UK art market

                                          4196

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                                            Three Solid Copper Mossi African Hairpins

                                            Mossi People, Burkina Faso
                                            19th century

                                            7.5-9cm

                                            Provenance

                                            Private collection, London.

                                            5940

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                                              Exceptional Pair of Igbo Man’s Cast Brass Wrist Guards or Cuff Bracelets

                                              Igbo People, South-central and South-eastern Nigeria
                                              probably 19th century

                                              heights: 17cm, diameters: 10.7cm, combined weights: 1,150g

                                              Provenance

                                              UK art market

                                              4864

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                                                Bontoc Clam Shell Bead & Glass Bead Necklace

                                                Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
                                                19th-20th century

                                                weight: 169g

                                                Provenance

                                                private collection, UK.

                                                4860

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                                                  Yellow Venetian Glass & Brass Bead Necklace

                                                  Andhra Pradesh, India
                                                  19th century

                                                  length: 84cm, weight: 280g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK private collection

                                                  4259

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                                                    Naga Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

                                                    Naga People, India/Burma
                                                    19th century

                                                    length (approx): 67cm, width: 15.5cm, weight: 517g

                                                    Provenance

                                                    private collection, London.

                                                    4046

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                                                      Rare Cast Brass Necklace

                                                      Vere People, North-Eastern Nigeria & Cameroon
                                                      19th century

                                                      length: 69cm, weight: 1,303g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      UK art market

                                                      4047

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                                                        Woman’s Brass & Beaded Headdress & Ear Ornament Set

                                                        Kikuyu People, Kenya
                                                        early 20th century

                                                        diameter of each spiral : 8.8cm; length of headdress: 38cm, total weight: 325g

                                                        Provenance

                                                        UK art market

                                                        3987

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                                                          Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)

                                                          Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
                                                          18th-19th century

                                                          height: 6.2cm, width: 7.3cm, weight: 15.4g

                                                          Provenance

                                                          Dutch antique market; private Dutch collection; acquired previously in the Netherlands

                                                          4399

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                                                            Carved Shell, Glass & Wood Bead & Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Necklace

                                                            Mizo People, Eastern India, or Naga People, Burma/India
                                                            circa 1900

                                                            length: 80cm, weight: 100g

                                                            Provenance

                                                            private collection, London.

                                                            4261

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                                                              Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring

                                                              Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
                                                              18th-19th century

                                                              overall approximate widest diameter: 5cm, weight: 52g

                                                              Provenance

                                                              private London collection

                                                              4265

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                                                                Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring

                                                                Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
                                                                18th-19th century

                                                                overall approximate widest diameter: 6cm, weight: 46g

                                                                Provenance

                                                                private London collection

                                                                1984

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                                                                  Pair of New Guinea Cone-Shell Ear Ornaments, dated 1859

                                                                  New Guinea
                                                                  collected in 1859

                                                                  maximum diameter of each: 7cm

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  UK art market; private collection, UK.

                                                                  2850

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                                                                    Cast Brass Pendant & Brass Bead Necklace

                                                                    Asante/Ashanti, Ghana, West Africa
                                                                    early 20th century

                                                                    length of pendant: 12.5cm, length of chain: 66cm, weight: 193g

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    UK art market

                                                                    3091

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                                                                      Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets

                                                                      Nigeria
                                                                      18th century

                                                                      diameter: 19cm

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      private collection, Isle of Wight, UK.

                                                                      4222

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                                                                        Cast Bronze Hairpin of a Horse & Rider

                                                                        Dogon People, Mali
                                                                        19th century

                                                                        length: 19.5cm

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        UK art market

                                                                        4279

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                                                                          Chief’s Bronze ‘Tiered’ Anklet with Bells

                                                                          Gio or Dan & Wee People, Liberia & Cote d’Ivoire
                                                                          19th century

                                                                          outside diameter: 11.5cm, inside diameter: 7.5cm x 8.5cm, height: 4.3cm, weight: 517g

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          UK art market

                                                                          3933

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                                                                            Dayak Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)

                                                                            Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                                                                            19th-early 20th century

                                                                            height: 4.6cm, length: 10cm, width: 4.2cm, weight: 26.36g

                                                                            Provenance

                                                                            Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.